Thursday, April 01, 2021

Facebook and Google will provide high-speed internet connection in Southeast Asia

 Facebook has announced plans to install two Internet cables at the bottom of the sea to connect Singapore and Indonesia with North America. Google and local telecommunications companies have been named as project partners with Facebook in an announcement made on Monday to speed up internet connectivity between the two regions.

Kevin Salvadori, vice president of network investments at Facebook, told Reuters that the Internet, called Echo and Bifrost, would lead to new routes under the two Java seas and increase Internet connectivity in the Trans-Pacific region by about 60 percent.

Kevin Salvadori did not say anything about the amount of investment. "It's a huge investment for us in Southeast Asia," he said.

According to Kevin Salvadori, this is the first direct connection with North America in parts of Indonesia. This will increase the speed of internet connection in the mainland and eastern provinces of Indonesia.

Echo will be jointly set up by Google and Indonesian telecommunications company XL Axiata, Salvadori said. Its work may be completed by 2023.

Biffrost will be set up with Telen, a subsidiary of Indonesian Telecom, and Keppel, a Singaporean. It is expected to be completed by 2024. However, the establishment work will start only with the permission of the regulatory bodies of those two countries.

According to a 2020 survey by the Indonesian Internet Providers Association, 83 percent of Indonesia's population is connected to the Internet. However, most of them are connected using mobile data. Less than 10 percent of them use broadband internet.

Last year, Facebook announced plans to install 3,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cables as well as Wi-Fi hotspots in 20 cities across Indonesia.

Facebook plans to establish the only connection in Southeast Asia as well as around the world. Earlier, Facebook and Google had planned to install a 12,600-kilometer cable to connect Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines with the United States. However, the US government is bent on thinking about possible surveillance of Hong Kong.



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